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No more jail - the library's terrible, terrorist Bradley Umar Sariff Baladjam insists

Written by Vanda Carson Thursday, 12 April 2012
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A CONVICTED terrorist serving 14 years for his part in amassing stockpiles of bomb-making chemicals has argued he should not serve a further lengthy jail term for other crimes - because the Goulburn Supermax library is not up to scratch.

 

Bradley Umar Sariff Baladjam, a bit-part actor who once appeared in Home & Away, told his psychologist he was "suffering at the hands of this regime" at Supermax, where he is classified "AA" high security.

 

In Downing Centre District Court yesterday, Baladjam complained there were not enough books about maths and Islamic art in the library, and that its opening hours were limited.

 

He said he liked to study mathematical patterns known as "fractals"in Islamic art but was having to rely on a Year 9 textbook.

 

His barrister Peter Lange said the Goulburn prison library was not adequate to "exercise the adult mind" of a prisoner left alone for hours and suffering "sensory deprivation".

 

Baladjam was found guilty in 2008 of four terror offences between July and November, 2005.

 

He was in court yesterday to be sentenced on gun charges arising from his arrest at Green Valley on November 8, 2005, when he shot at two police officers, grazing one on the hand.

 

He has pleaded guilty to unlawfully discharging a firearm in a public place with intent to prevent lawful apprehension and having unlicensed firearms.

 

Source: Adelaide News

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